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Hisbah arrests mother of 7 for ‘being married to 2 men at same time’




Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state Hisbah Board has arrested a woman, Hauwa Ali, a resident of Mariri quarters in Kumbotso local government for allegedly marrying a second man while she was still married to her first husband who had fallen ill.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ms Hauwa’s first husband Bello Ibrahim, 45, reported the matter to the Hisbah command, accusing his wife’s second hubby Bala Abdussalam, 40, of illegally marrying his wife despite knowing she was married.

It was gathered that Ms Hauwa, 30, had produced seven children to the two men–six for Mr Ibrahim and one for Mr Abdussalam.

The woman was said to have lived with Mr Ibrahim for 15 years before he took ill and relocated to Bauchi, where he had stayed for two years.

Mr Ibrahim told KANO FOCUS that he had traveled to his hometown of Bauchi state to seek medical treatment after he took ill, only to return and find another man occupying his house.

‘I almost beat the impostor to coma’

“I relocated to my home town in Bauchi when I was critically ill to seek for medical treatment, and I left my wife along with my six children to cater them.

“But to my surprise when I came back home I just found another man in my house claiming my wife as his,”  Mr Ibrahim explained.

“I was so furious with the impostor that I almost picked up a stick to beat him up but I changed my mind and decided to report him to the authorities,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim said he wants the Hisbah officials to return his wife to him and take action against his rival.

‘She is my wife’

However, reacting to the claim, Ms Hauwa’s second hubby Mr Abdussalam said he married her with her consent after paying N20,000 dowry to her.

He said he never knew that Ms Hauwa was still married to Mr Ibrahim, noting that she told him she was divorced and that was why he agreed to marry her.

“ I dated Hauwa since she was young but God destined that she would marry Mr Ibrahim. But when she called me and told me she was divorced, I asked her to marry me,” he recalled.

“I gave her N20, 000 as her dowry and left for a business trip outside the state.
“She later called me on phone and said her parents had agreed to our marriage which we conducted soon after.

“Today I have an 11-month child with her. This man then appeared from nowhere and claimed that she is his wife, ” Mr Abdussalam explained.

‘He divorced me’

On her part, Ms Hauwa said she married her second hubby Mr Abdussalam after Mr Ibrahim divorced her.

“Before my first husband fell ill, I asked him to divorce me, and without hesitation he divorced me.

“I was living in his house after the divorce to cater for the children because I didn’t know where to go with them, and he left for Bauchi claiming he was ill.

“After he (Mr Ibrahim) divorced me, he promised that he will never take me back as his wife, hence I had the freedom to marry another man,” she said.

But Mr Ibrahim dismissed Ms Hauwa’s claim, insisting that he never divorced her.

Speaking on the controversy,  Director-General of Hisbah, Dr Aliyu Musa said the case would be taken to court.

He said the board has already forwarded the necessary documents on the case to the court.


Editor’s note: The initial headline of this story indicated that Ms Hauwa had six children. But a careful review shows that she actually has seven children. The error is regretted.


Kano domesticate social protection policy



Abdullahi Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved the domestication of National social protection policy in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the Social Protection Policy is designed to show the commitment of the Government to the effective mobilisation and efficient utilisation of state resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The state Commissioner of planning and budget Nura Muhammad Dankadai revealed this on Friday at a one day interactive session with with journalists and civil society organizations.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai

Mr Dankadai said governor Ganduje approved the domestication of the policy on Thursday.

According to him when domesticated the policy will provide legal framework for school feeding programme, ante natal and post natal care, addressing gender based violence and protecting people living with disabilities.

On the meeting with journalists, Mr Dankadai said it was aimed at intimating them with on the state government’s projects and received some inputs for possible submission to the government.

The commissioner uses the opportunity to appeal to civil society organizations and journalists to sensitise people on the current economic challenges which made it difficult for the state to pay workers salary for the month of March.

In their separate contributions Akibu Hamisu, I. G Maryam and Wali Ado Rano advised Kano state government on the need to address multiple taxation, grant local government financial autonomy and holding periodic interactive session with CSOs and journalists.

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AKTH honours NCC Boss UG Danbatta



Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit.

Nasiru Yusuf


The management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has visited the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Umar Garba Danbatta.

Kano Focus reports that during the visit the AKTH team also presented an award to Danbatta as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Abdulrahman Sheshe, who led the delegation on the courtesy call, said, “the objective of our being here today is to appreciate your contribution in person and as EVC of NCC to the growth and development of the teaching hospital.”

According to Sheshe, through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.

“You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said while appreciating the EVC.

The CMD, however, sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.

Responding, however, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the visit and the award, noting that the Commission supports federal institutions with necessary ICT equipment across the country and is ready to assist AKTH in this regard.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme,” he said.

According to Danbatta, digital divide can be bridged by making computers available and ICT services accessible to people and key sectors of the economy.

Danbatta (middle) flanked by top management committee of AKTH and NCC staff during the courtesy visit

“Infrastructure that can host this massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better,” the EVC pointed out.

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Police arrest bandit who abduct his uncle for one million Naira ransom



Abubakar Musa displaying the two AK-47 ripples

Nasiru Yusuf




Police in Kano said they have arrested a 27 year old Abubukar Musa who confessed to have abducted his uncle and received one million Naira ransom.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa announced this in a video clip sent to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspect was arrested with two AK 47 ripple suspected to be used for kidnapping and banditry.

Mr Kiyawa said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is among the bandits terrorizing some parts of Kano, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and some Northern states.

Mr Musa an indigine of Rurum village in Tudun Wada local government Kano state recalled how in the past abducted his uncle and collected one million Naira ransom before he release him.

The suspect also told police that he borrowed the guns found under his possession from Muhammadu Bakanoma in Zamfara state to confront another bandit called Malam at Birnin Gwari whom he accused with abducting his wife and daughter.

“I am a cattle rustler. I once abducted my uncle Alhaji Haruna and my cousin Bappan Jauro six years ago. These are the only two persons I have ever abducted. I abducted him (Alhaji Haruna) because his two children (Medi and Bappan Jauro) have kidnapped my younger sister Hafsat.

” I released him after receiving one million Naira ransom. We are now living with him (Alhaji Haruna( in the same compound,” Mr Musa said.

Mr Kiyawa said investigation is ongoing and will issue a statement when completed.

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